Lanark and the Mouse Water

New Lanark
New Lanark

This time last year, I wrote about New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde. The other Sunday we were back in New Lanark, but this time walking in the other direction. However, as before, we started with the exhibition in the Institute for the Formation of Character – followed by lunch, of course. No walking on an empty stomach!

Currently showing (till 31st March) is Keeping Glasgow in Stitches. This series of banners was made to celebrate Glasgow’s year as European Capital of Culture in 1990. Each of the 12 panels was made by a different group and represents one month of the year. When displayed in order, a representation of the River Clyde runs along the top and they spell out GLASGOW – 1990. It made me feel very nostalgic, especially when reading comments in the Visitors’ Book from embroiderers who had contributed to the work.

The first part of the walk was on pavement – climbing out of New Lanark’s valley, we reached the original town of Lanark and walked down its main street. The imposing church is St Nicholas with its statue of William Wallace.

After passing through the town, we took a small country road above the Mouse Water, dropping down to cross it by the bridge in the picture below.

Mouse Water
Mouse Water

From there, we climbed up the other side to Cartland Crags  and followed Mouse Water again, with good views back to Lanark, until it reached the Clyde at Kirkfieldbank.

Here, we crossed the Clyde twice, first on the 1950s road bridge which carries the A72, then we immediately went back over the much more picturesque Clydesholm Bridge which dates from the 1690s. This is now pedestrianised and forms part of the Clyde Walkway.

It was now a straightforward route along the Walkway to New Lanark, a nice cup of tea and the car – but it wasn’t exactly an easy riverside stroll. The banks of the Clyde here are steep and forested, and the path zigzags up and down several times. (My Fitbit told me I had achieved 145 floors that day, one floor being equivalent to about 10 feet.)

Our route on this walk came from a new purchase – The Clyde : 25 walks from source to sea by KR Fergus. It’s one of a great series published by PocketMountains which a) aren’t all about mountains but b) do fit into your pocket. Another series we like, which we first bought in the Lake District and have since added several Scottish titles to our collection, is Hallewell’s Pocket Walking Guides. If either of these series publishes guides to where you like to hike then I highly recommend them.

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks. Head over there for worldwide cyber-hiking.



58 thoughts on “Lanark and the Mouse Water

  1. restlessjo March 7, 2016 / 15:33

    So many things to digest here, Anabel. I must remember to go back and look at the other half of your walk. New Lanark is another of those places in the Borders I keep meaning to spend a day. The stitching exhibition looks fabulous! Got to check that link too 🙂 Mouse Water! Such a strange name 🙂 Many thanks for joining me again. Have a lovely week!


    • Anabel Marsh March 7, 2016 / 17:33

      They are amazing! I haven’t seen them since 1990 so it was wonderful that they could be displayed again.


    • Anabel Marsh March 7, 2016 / 18:05

      I don’t know! Google is not my friend here. However, I did discover it should be pronounced Moose which is not what I was calling it at all.

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        • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 16:07

          It does. And I now have 2 people on the case to find the meaning. The joys of online networking!

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            • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 22:07

              So Facebook has come up with an answer! “Mouse Water derives from Mowse a corruption of Moyes……… There was a high number of Moyes and Mowse residing in the Lanark area and it seems this naming relates to the river being within,or the boundary of, a land once owned or at least associated with someone bearing that name. Even more interesting is that the name derives from meaning Son of Moses, biblical.” Thanks to Paul further down the comments for finding someone who knew.

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              • Jason December 19, 2016 / 19:24

                moss mos OE mos n a marsh, a bog, a tract of soft wet ground; a bog from which peats are dug, a moorland on an estate allocated to the tenants for cutting fuel Mosspark (Glasgow); Moss of Cruan (Orkney); Moss of Wester (Caithness); Moss Croft (Aberdeenshire); Red Moss (Caithness); Hallmoss (Aberdeenshire) Mosplat c 1220; Byermos 1219-33; Grenemos c1300-30; Ridhalchis Mowse 1475 moss n; S2 moss n mos n

                Mouse, Mowse or Mouuse appears to be a later spelling.

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  2. anotherday2paradise March 7, 2016 / 19:33

    Such lovely views, Anabel. I don;t blame you for having lunch first. Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Mousewater looks like a very peaceful place to live. The Clydesholm Bridge still looks quite sturdy even after over 300 years.


    • Anabel Marsh March 7, 2016 / 20:16

      It does! Someone on Facebook has just commented that she lives near there and how lovely it is.

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  3. ms6282 March 7, 2016 / 20:12

    An interesting walk and post. I have New Lanark on my list of places to visit due to be t’s association with Robert Owen. But so many places, so little time!


    • Anabel Marsh March 7, 2016 / 20:18

      It’s very interesting – though it’s a few years since we actually went into the museum itself, we usually go to walk. One of the mills has been turned into a hotel so I quite fancy a weekend there.


      • ms6282 March 7, 2016 / 20:24

        I had seen that there was a hotel there so perhaps a stay is something to consider

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      • Paul March 8, 2016 / 10:23

        I have heard that a stay at the hotel can be quite eventful. I have came across stories of ghostly happenings and terrible nightmares whilst staying there. There was a terrible fire where people were killed and I’ve heard a few stories of people waking during the night roasting and sweating and being unable to breathe due to the intense heat and smoke thats not really there. When they left the room they are fine as though its contained within the room only. Spooky!


  4. Suzanne et Pierre March 7, 2016 / 21:58

    Lovely walk in beautiful countryside and towns. I remember buying one of the Hallewell series but can’t remember which one. I simply recognize the design of the cover. I do remember them to be quite useful.


  5. Birgit March 8, 2016 / 02:48

    I love the art work that is all hand stitched….very original. This town looks lovely and so does the surrounding countryside. What a beautiful day to go for a walk


    • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 07:12

      Yes, finally we’ve been having some good winter weather – though it’s back to raining today 😦


  6. Paul March 8, 2016 / 10:16

    You picked lovely walk Anabel, Lanark and Clyde Valley are beautiful no matter the time of year, and you are spoiled for choice too. I’m in Hamilton so I spend quite a bit of time over this way. One of my favourites is Corehouse, have you been there before? You mention the church and the statue of Wallace, this church goes back to Wallace’s time although what you see today is more modern ( can I call a church built in the 1700s modern! ) and was built over the ruins of the original which dates from the 1100s. There is also St Kentigerns church which is not far from the main street, this was the original parish church and is though to originally have been founded sometime in the 600s. It’s a lovely big ruin with a large graveyard. This church has always began associated with William Wallace.


    • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 10:30

      It was lovely, Paul, thanks for the extra info. Do you know why it’s called Mouse Water? Can’t find the answer to that. No, I’ve not been to Corehouse, will add that to the list!

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      • Paul March 8, 2016 / 11:18

        Corehouse is a lovely walk and you get a lovely view of the falls of Clyde. Here a link to where you park, there’s only space for maybe 4 cars however it’s always quiet, few people seem to know of it.


      • Paul March 8, 2016 / 11:19

        As for the Mouse water, I don’t I’m afraid however I know some very clever people who may. I will find out and get back to you.


          • Paul March 8, 2016 / 11:32

            Anabel, are you on Facebook? If so there is an interesting group called “Lost Houses of Clyde Valley”. It’s mainly about lost houses and castles as well as there grounds. I’ve came across some interesting walks though this group. I thought it may be of interest to you.


              • Paul March 8, 2016 / 21:44

                Evening Anabel, someone has replied on Facebook with what appears to be a plausible answer. 🙂


                • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 22:01

                  Excellent! So they have – I shall head back up the comments and answer the person who originally asked. Many thanks.

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  7. Lynne Rickards March 8, 2016 / 11:03

    I first came to Glasgow in 1991 so the City of Culture was still fresh in people’s minds. I think it gave Glasgow a huge boost and we haven’t looked back! Must try and get to New Lanark to see those embroidered banners. On these sunny weekends we’ve been going on walking trips lately, so I will definitely suggest this as our next destination.


    • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 11:10

      Good plan! I think the walk up to the Falls is better than this one, but it’s all lovely.


  8. hilarymb March 8, 2016 / 12:05

    Hi Anabel – it does look a lovely part of the world … I’ve visited briefly on a couple of occasions .. but not to look around per se – some day I need to correct that … cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh March 8, 2016 / 12:11

      Thanks Hilary. I feel so lucky to live within easy reach of all this!


  9. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor March 8, 2016 / 12:19

    I’ve always loved walking around the Clyde Valley. The quilt exhibit must have been fascinating! You’re making me miss living in Glasgow 🙂


  10. darwinontherocks March 8, 2016 / 22:17

    New Lanark and falls of clyde were the first stop of our road trip ! We love the exhibits and the little forest walk around. It was great ! But we didn’t go to Mouse Water. I’m glad to discover this new scenery through your pictures.


  11. Su Leslie March 9, 2016 / 01:16

    Oh those stitched panels!! So beautiful. And a lovely-looking walk too. But I suspect I’d have to have been dragged away from the Visitor Centre.


    • Anabel Marsh March 9, 2016 / 07:36

      We don’t get sunshine too often! Can’t spend too much time in the visitor centre when we do…….

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      • Su Leslie March 9, 2016 / 20:16

        Good point! BTW: have you seen Rona Munro’s James plays? I saw ‘James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock’ last night — which had lots of references to Scottish weather! It was absolutely sensational’ some of the best theatre I’ve seen (and I see a lot these days). It’s a Scottish National Theatre production that’s here as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. I hadn’t booked for James II and III because I was a bit unsure if I’d enjoy them (they’re 2 and a half hours long), but now I’m scrambling to get tickets for the last performances.


        • Anabel Marsh March 9, 2016 / 20:25

          No, I haven’t though I’ve heard good reports (a friend saw them all in Edinburgh). They’re coming to Glasgow soon, so I really should make an effort…..

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          • Su Leslie March 9, 2016 / 20:38

            You’d probably get more out of them than me too; certainly in terms of the history. I went in knowing nothing about that period of Scottish history and came home wanting to learn more. But apart from that; the staging is pretty spectacular and the performances really good.


            • Anabel Marsh March 9, 2016 / 20:50

              I actually know very little about Scottish history, at least the pre-Union political history, because I grew up in England. That’s what’s been putting me off slightly, that I might not follow it! I’ll look into it now though.

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              • Su Leslie March 9, 2016 / 20:56

                Same here; we barely teach our own history in NZ, let alone anyone else’s (though you could argue, given the number of Scots here, that THAT is our history). Anyway, don’t let that put you off. The friend I went with had the same concerns, and she just loved the quality of the story-telling and the energy of the whole thing. That sounds more “hippy” than I meant it to!

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  12. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) March 9, 2016 / 15:43

    I LOVE those Keeping Glasgow in Stitches banners. I don’t know why, but I find something immensely appealing about those sort of folk art-looking tapestries and needle work. The little hand-stitched people just crack me up.


    • Anabel Marsh March 9, 2016 / 16:23

      They are gorgeous! I hope they can find somewhere permanent to display them now and not lock them away for another 25 years.


  13. Marcia Strykowski March 10, 2016 / 15:40

    What a beautiful area to walk through and those stitched items are amazing!


  14. jazzfeathers March 26, 2016 / 20:36

    Beautiful palce. I love that pic with the village seen form afar. Seems nearly unreal.
    And the exibition. Absoutely awesome 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh March 26, 2016 / 23:27

      Thanks, I loved the embroideries. So nice to see them again.


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